The Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast is a permanent acting supreme and only legislative (representative) body of state power of Tomsk Oblast.
Legislative, representative and supervising functions of The Duma are determined by the Charter (Principal Law) of Tomsk Oblast and other laws of Tomsk Oblast in accordance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation and federal laws.
The Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast is a single-chamber body consisting of 42 deputies. 21 deputies are elected to the Duma from single-member constituencies, and 21 are elected from the unified constituency comprising the entire territory of Tomsk Oblast (proportionally to the number of votes, given for the regional lists of candidates for deputies, nominated by the electoral associations) in accordance with electoral legislation. Deputies are elected for a 5-year term.
Before January 2011, this body was called the State Duma of Tomsk Oblast. Before the State Duma of Tomsk Oblast, it was called the Tomsk Oblast Duma. In turn, this was the successor of the Tomsk Oblast Council of People's Deputies.
Elections to the Duma were held in 1994, 1997, 2001, 2007 and 2011.
The elections to the current 6th convocation of deputies were held on September 18, 2016.
At the first meeting of the 6th convocation on October 7, 2016, Oksana V. Kozlovskaya was elected the Chairperson of the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast, and Aleksandr B. Kupriyanets was elected the Deputy Chairperson of the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast.
The 6th Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast has 5 currently working committees:
- Committee on Budget and Finance
- Committee on Legislation, State Structure and Security
- Committee on Construction, Infrastructure and Environmental Management
- Committee on Labor and Social Policy
- Committee on Economic Policy
Permanent commissions of the Duma:
The commission for oversight of the accuracy of information on income, property assets and liabilities provided by the deputies of the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast
The commission on Rules of procedure and deputy ethics
There are 4 parliamentary parties in the 6th Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast:
- United Russia party (30 deputies)
- Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (5 deputies)
- Communist Party of the Russian Federation (4 deputies)
- A Just Russia party (2 deputies)
The powers of the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast:
The Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast is authorized to:
–adopt the Charter (Principal Law), laws and other normative legal acts of Tomsk Oblast;
–approve the regional budget and report on its implementation;
–approve the social and economic development strategy of Tomsk Oblast;
–establish regional taxes and regional tax exemptions;
–establish the procedure for the privatization of property in Tomsk Oblast, and the procedure for the management and disposal of property in the Oblast;
–hear the annual reports of the Governor of Tomsk Oblast on the performance results of the executive body of state power of Tomsk Oblast, including with regard to matters raised by the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast;
– resolve matters of the administrative and territorial system of the Oblast;
–submit draft federal laws to the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation;
– identify the procedure for elections to the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast, and elections of the Governor of Tomsk Oblast;
– fix the elections to the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast and elections of the Governor of Tomsk Oblast;
– establish the procedure for elections to local government bodies in Tomsk Oblast;
– determine the procedure for regional and local referendums;
– decide to call a regional referendum;
– empower the member of The Council of The Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation representing the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast;
– appoint justices of the peace;
– approve the concept of the General Prosecutor of the Russian Federation on the appointment of the Oblast's prosecutor;
– appoint the Ombudsman for Human Rights in Tomsk Oblast and the Ombudsman for Children's Rights in Tomsk Oblast; to nominate a candidate for the position of Business Rights Commissioner in Tomsk Oblast to the Governor of Tomsk Oblast;
– appoint half of the members of the Election Commission of Tomsk Oblast;
– appoint the Chairman, Deputy Chairman, and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts of Tomsk Oblast;
– adopt laws on administrative offenses;
– establish liability for the violation of laws and other normative legal acts of the Oblast published with respect to issues within its competence;
– exercise other powers in accordance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation, federal constitutional laws, federal laws, the Charter (Principal Law) and other laws of Tomsk Oblast.
The Duma oversees observance and execution of laws and other regional normative legal acts, regional budget, usage of credit resources and allocations from the budget of the Russian Federation and regional budget, budgetary means of local State non-budgetary fund, and the implementation of the social and economic development strategy of the Oblast.
It also oversees the disposal of the regional, federal and other property transferred in management to the state power bodies of the Oblast, and performs other oversight functions in accordance with federal and regional laws.